The Sanabrés Way or Camino Sanabrés, also known as the Mozarabic Way, is one of the two branches of the Silver Route at Zamora, leading directly to Santiago. Total distance: 369km
The Sanabrés Way or Camino Sanabrés, also known as the Mozarabic Way, is one of the two branches of the Silver Route at Zamora, leading directly to Santiago.
Total distance: 369km
- Summer – very warm (between 25° to 30° June-Aug)
- Fall – warm (between 16° to 22° Sep-Nov)
- Winter – cool (from 5° to 13°)
- Spring – warm (average 15° to 19° March-May)
Suitable for cyclists: Yes.
The Sanabrés Way or Camino Sanabrés is also known as Mozarabic Way. It is a route that goes through lots of old Roman roads used by many different cultures such as Celts, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, and also Christian pilgrims to reach Santiago de Compostela. Historically, it went parallel to Vía de la Plata, which was the road that linked the South with Santiago. In Zamora, lots of pilgrims decided to go through this way to avoid going through Astorga so they arrived at Galicia through Ourense. The first pilgrim was Bernardo de Aldrete who was a writer of the 17 century that decide to go from Cordoba to Zamora and then go to Santiago de Compostela; there are lots of documents about this pilgrimage that we currently have. But there are also other people who did the same way crossing the different kingdoms of the territory, among them we can highlight: Alfonso IX of León, Philip I of Castile (Philip the Handsome) or even Ferdinand II of Aragon (Ferdinand the Catholic). Philip I and Ferdinand II meet at Puebla de Sanabria.
About the Sanabres Route
This way starts at Granja de la Moreruela, in Zamora, where the Cistercian order built their first monastery in the Iberian Peninsula. Previously, this village was known as Santiago de Moreruela that proves its link with St James. Not just faithful people walked through this route, also travelers and traders used this route to link some outlying areas such as the center of the peninsula with Northern Spain. It was also used as cañada real (a way used by shepherds and their cattle) and merchant’s route, highlighting the ones known as “reals” that were the ones chosen by Galician farmers to go to Castilla in the cutting time. This is the reason why next to it there are lots of hospitals and hostels and also temples and monasteries.
Why choosing the Sanabrés Way
There are two possible routes to get to Santiago once we arrive at Galicia. The shortest goes through A Gudiña and Laza, and the other one goes through Verín and is a little bit longer, more appropriate for riders because it goes mainly on a national road. The last option allows the pilgrim to link their way to the interior route of the Portuguese Way, in Chaves. It is well indicated.
Stages of the Camino Sanabrés
Castle of the Counts of Benavende
Built in the middle of the fifteenth century by order of the Count of Benavente, it served to defend Puebla de Sanabria from the invaders.
Castle of Monterrey
In this castle have been lodged the most important noble families of the History of Galicia. It dominates the town of Verín from its origins in century X.
Walking: 13 Stages / 369 km
Cycling: 13 Stages / 369 km
|Stage 1||Granja de Moreruela - Santa Croya de Tera||47|
|Stage 2||Santa Croya de Tera - Puebla de Sanabria||67|
|Stage 3||Pueba de Sanabria - A Gudiña||53|
|Stage 4||A Gudiña - Xunqueira de Ambía||66|
|Stage 5||Xunqueira de Ambía - Cea||44|
|Stage 6||Cea - Outeiro||70|
|Stage 7||Outeiro - Santiago de Compostela||16|